Jeremy Rielley, who teaches physical education at Dawes and Orrington elementary schools in Evanston and coaches soccer at Evanston Township High School, is celebrating his Aug. 30 victory in the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon.

A five-year veteran of the race, Rielley says he is “ecstatic” over his first overall win and that he feels great “that I have achieved what I have put so much sweat and hard work into.”

The race is one of the largest in the world and hosted athletes from 47 states and 17 countries. The international course included a 1.5K swim, 40K bike, and 10Krun for a total of 51.5 kilometers beginning at Monroe Harbor, looping along Lake Shore Drive, and ending on Columbus Drive.

With a finish time of 2:00:57, Rielley took home an impressive win against a field of 2,637 athletes from around the world.

“I am so proud of all that Jeremy has accomplished. He is an incredible athlete and a terrific educator,” said Paul Goren, superintendent of Evanston/Skokie School District 65. “He is a role model for our children and is a prime example of what you can achieve when you set your mind to it.” 

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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